PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police are investigating after a Carnegie Mellon University student living in an off-campus apartment says he was attacked while sleeping outside his home earlier this week.

According to investigators, the student was sleeping in a hammock on his front porch on Elwood Street around 2 a.m. when he was beaten and left unconscious.

Authorities say the suspect got away with the student’s keys and other valuables.

For Abby Miller, who has lived in the neighborhood for more than a decade, news of the assault – which she heard from a neighbor – is more than a little surprising.

“I was really surprised ‘cause, I mean, I guess he was on his porch at 2 in the morning,” said Miller.

However, she says she still considers the neighborhood safe.

“My kids still play outside, they still ride their bikes, we still walk the dog,” said Miller. “I feel like we could leave our doors open and we would be fine.”

The suspect is described at an African American male, about six feet tall, unshaven with short hair in cornrows.

Police at CMU put out an email with a description of the suspect following the incident. No one was available Friday night at the police station to comment.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh police are continuing their investigation.

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